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Examples of democratically elected totalitarians.

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Submitted by John Vander Voort (United States), Mar 24, 2005 at 10:04

Why do you include only "right-wing" examples? You left out all the communists who gained and/or maintained power through "democratic" revolutions or elections. I put "right-wing" in quotations because I consider this a misnomer; all these utopians were one type of "socialist" or another, which is all "left" to me. The rhetoric has differed somewhat, but the actions and tactics of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro.... have differed not a bit from those of the "right-wingers" you have listed!
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